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Volume 145, 2022, 108048

Inadequate dosing of THPS treatment increases microbially influenced corrosion of pipeline steel by inducing biofilm growth of Desulfovibrio hontreensis SY-21

Liting Xua,b,c,d,1, Fang Guana,b,d,1, Yan Maa,e, Ruiyong Zhanga,b,d, Yimeng Zhanga,b,d

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, China.


Biocides are often used to mitigate the microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of construction materials in many fields. To study the effect of inadequate dosing of non-oxidizing biocide tetrakis (hydroxymethyl) phosphonium sulfate (THPS) on corrosion of pipeline steel caused by microorganisms, a novel marine isolate Desulfovibrio hontreensis SY-21 was selected as a test microorganism. Weight loss rate determination, morphological analyses, and corrosion product analyses combined with electrochemical measurements were performed to investigate the influence of THPS on the MIC of X70 pipeline steel. The responses of sessile and planktonic cells of D. hontreensis to THPS were also studied. Results showed that D. hontreensis cells could significantly promote steel corrosion and induce local corrosion pits. With a THPS addition within the tolerance range of D. hontreensis for the biocide, MIC of the steel was further promoted by 65%. The growth of planktonic cells was inhibited by the biocide, but the number of biofilm cells was significantly increased. This study revealed that THPS concentrations within a specific range increased the corrosive effect of the presence of D. hontreensis by promoting the growth of sessile cells and biofilm formation. Therefore, the use of the biocide in practical applications needs to be properly considered and managed.

Keywords: Sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB), Desulfovibrio, Biofilms, Biocide, THPS, Microbially influenced corrosion (MIC).

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